A man holds loudspeakers at the entrance to the Taobao office during a protest in Hangzhou, Dec.16 2011. (Photo: Reuters) A man holds loudspeakers at the entrance to the Taobao office during a protest in Hangzhou, Dec.16 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
A man holds loudspeakers at the entrance to the Taobao office during a protest in Hangzhou, Dec.16 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
Patrick Boehler
Opinion

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Morning Clicks by Patrick Boehler

Netizens defend free WeChat service and Taobao marks record transaction

A man holds loudspeakers at the entrance to the Taobao office during a protest in Hangzhou, Dec.16 2011. (Photo: Reuters) A man holds loudspeakers at the entrance to the Taobao office during a protest in Hangzhou, Dec.16 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
A man holds loudspeakers at the entrance to the Taobao office during a protest in Hangzhou, Dec.16 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
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Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui